Two Singular Sensations

Statistically, January is the month in which tickets to musicals sell best, largely due to the miserable weather and post-Christmas blues. Two Singular Sensations, in the intimate Purple Playhouse Theatre, proved once again that in these gloomy times, both politically and weather-wise, musical theatre is an excellent antidote.

Two Singular Sensations is an easy show to recommend. A feel-good whirl through song and dance, it is a must for musical theatre fans.

As promised, an evening with great singing and exciting dance was indeed delivered. West End performers, Edwin Ray and Emma Jane Morton, take you through a plethora of wonderful songs from the musicals, both classic and contemporary, and are supported by an impeccable band throughout.

Ray and Morton are undeniably passionate and knowledgeable about their craft. They have a great dynamic as a duo and their talent is plain to see. It was a joy to watch them share their stories and favourite songs from the stage, taking on glitzy classics from Cabaret and A Chorus Line, to more low-key, sensitive numbers from Once and Finding Neverland. There seemed to be no limit to either Ray’s energy or the instruments Morton could pick up at a whim and play.

The show was, unfortunately, laboured with some technical difficulties, but both Ray and Morton dealt with them in good humour. As a whole, the production would benefit from a little polishing in terms of transitions between acts, but it added to the charm of the evening and the performers themselves. Any hiccups that occurred during this particular performance will likely be smoothed out and didn’t detract from the overall quality of the evening.

Through their sunny personalities and the energy they put into every piece, Edwin Ray and Emma Jane Morton managed to thaw what was initially a very quiet audience and earned themselves a well-deserved ovation.

Aptly named, Two Singular Sensations is an easy show to recommend. A feel-good whirl through song and dance, it is a must for musical theatre fans.

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The Blurb

"We are what we are, because of the musicals!" You're invited to join West End duo Edwin and Emma as they share some of their favourite songs from the musicals. Expect a showbiz evening with great singing, exciting dance, live music and a few stories thrown in which will leave you smiling from ear to ear.

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